A phase 1 study of AMG 900, an orally administered pan-aurora kinase inhibitor, in adult patients with acute myeloid leukemia.
ABSTRACT: Aurora kinases are involved in the pathophysiology of several cancers including acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In this phase 1 study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of AMG 900, an orally administered, highly potent, selective, small-molecule inhibitor of both Aurora kinase A and B, in patients with AML?. Patients with pathologically documented AML who either declined standard treatments or had relapsed from or were refractory to previous therapies were enrolled. Two every-2-week dose-escalation schedules using a modified 3?+?3?+?3 design were evaluated AMG 900 given daily for 4 days with 10 days off (4/10 schedule), and AMG 900 given daily for 7 days with 7 days off (7/7 schedule). Thirty-five patients were enrolled at 9 different dose levels: 22 patients on the 4/10 schedule (doses from 15 to 100 mg daily), and 13 patients on the 7/7 schedule (doses from 30 to 50 mg daily). Both schedules were tolerated; nausea (31%), diarrhea (29%), febrile neutropenia (29%), and fatigue (23%) were the most common treatment-related adverse events. Three patients (9%) achieved complete response with incomplete count recovery. Patients with higher baseline expression of a set of specific pathway-related genes (BIRC5, AURKA, TTK, CDC2, and CCNB1) were more likely to respond in an exploratory biomarker analysis. AMG 900 was tolerated in a general AML population, and pathway-specific biomarkers identified a potential target population. Future research efforts will be directed toward further exploration of biomarkers of response and combination of AMG 900 with other anticancer agents.
Project description:Aurora kinase A and B have essential and non-overlapping roles in mitosis, with elevated expression in a subset of human cancers, including acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In this study, pan-aurora kinase inhibitor (AKI) AMG 900 distinguishes itself as an anti-leukemic agent that is more uniformly potent against a panel of AML cell lines than are isoform-selective AKIs and classic AML drugs. AMG 900 inhibited AML cell growth by inducing polyploidization and/or apoptosis. AMG 900 and aurora-B-selective inhibitor AZD1152-hQPA showed comparable cellular effects on AML lines that do not harbor a FLT3-ITD mutation. AMG 900 was active against P-glycoprotein-expressing AML cells resistant to AZD1152-hQPA and was effective at inducing expression of megakaryocyte-lineage markers (CD41, CD42) on human CHRF-288-11 cells and mouse Jak2 V617F cells. In MOLM-13 cells, inhibition of p-histone H3 by AMG 900 was associated with polyploidy, extra centrosomes, accumulation of p53 protein, apoptosis, and cleavage of Bcl-2 protein. Co-administration of cytarabine (Ara-C) with AMG 900 potentiated cell killing in a subset of AML lines, with evidence of attenuated polyploidization. AMG 900 inhibited the proliferation of primary human bone marrow cells in culture, with a better proliferation recovery profile relative to classic antimitotic drug docetaxel. In vivo, AMG 900 significantly reduced tumor burden in a systemic MOLM-13 xenograft model where we demonstrate the utility of 3'-deoxy-3'-18F-fluorothymidine [18F]FLT positron emission tomographic (PET)-CT imaging to measure the antiproliferative effects of AMG 900 in skeletal tissues in mice.
Project description:Background Aurora kinase overexpression or amplifications are associated with high proliferation, poor prognosis, and therapeutic resistance in human tumors. AMG 900 is an investigational, oral, selective pan-Aurora kinase inhibitor. Methods This first-in-human trial included dose-escalation and dose-expansion phases ( ClinicalTrials.gov : NCT00858377). Dose escalation evaluated the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of AMG 900 in advanced solid tumors and determined the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) with/without granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) prophylaxis. Dose expansion evaluated clinical activity in three tumor types: taxane- and platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, taxane-resistant triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), and castration-resistant and taxane- or cisplatin/etoposide-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). AMG 900 was administered 4 days on/10 days off at 1-50 mg/day during escalation and at the MTD with G-CSF during expansion. Results AMG 900 showed rapid absorption with fast clearance, supporting once-daily dosing. The MTD was 25 mg/day, increasing to 40 mg/day with G-CSF. Grade???3 treatment-related adverse events included neutropenia (37%), anemia (23%), leukopenia (14%), and thrombocytopenia (12%). During dose expansion, 3/29 (10.3%, 95% CI: 2.0%-28.0%) evaluable patients with ovarian cancer experienced partial response by central imaging per RECIST 1.1; median duration of response was 24.1 weeks (95% CI: 16.1-34.1). Seven patients (24.1%, 95% CI: 10.3%-43.5%) experienced partial response per Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup criteria; 5/9 patients positive for p53 expression responded to treatment. No objective responses were observed in patients with TNBC or CRPC per RECIST 1.1. Conclusions AMG 900 40 mg/day with G-CSF had manageable toxicity and demonstrated single-agent activity in patients with heavily pretreated, chemotherapy-resistant ovarian cancer.
Project description:This phase 1b trial investigated several doses and schedules of midostaurin in combination with daunorubicin and cytarabine induction and high-dose cytarabine post-remission therapy in newly diagnosed patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The discontinuation rate on the 50-mg twice-daily dose schedule was lower than 100?mg twice daily, and no grade 3/4 nausea or vomiting was seen. The complete remission rate for the midostaurin 50-mg twice-daily dose schedule was 80% (FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 receptor (FLT3)-wild-type: 20 of 27 (74%), FLT3-mutant: 12 of 13 (92%)). Overall survival (OS) probabilities of patients with FLT3-mutant AML at 1 and 2 years (0.85 and 0.62, respectively) were similar to the FLT3-wild-type population (0.78 and 0.52, respectively). Midostaurin in combination with standard chemotherapy demonstrated high complete response and OS rates in newly diagnosed younger adults with AML, and was generally well tolerated at 50?mg twice daily for 14 days. A phase II